TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Ja'Fari Islamic Housing Corporation was recognized for its pursuit of excellence in non-profit housing by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) this past weekend.
The Award for Excellence, one of ONPHA's annual awards, recognizes a non-profit housing provider that responds to community and tenant need with imagination and insight.
Like many ONPHA members, Ja'Fari is rooted in community collaboration and has a desire to respond to community needs. Through a series of partnerships providing social and recreational programs to tenants and the public, Ja'Fari helped integrate their tenants and property into the community.
"Ja'Fari is committed to proactively building partnerships that support the health and well-being of their tenants and community," says Sharad Kerur, ONPHA Executive Director. "Their tireless efforts show what staff and boards of directors can accomplish when they reach out to their community and invite it in."
Moving forward, Ja'Fari is planning to expand both its housing portfolio and administrative and recreational spaces in the coming years. They are working also with community partners to deliver more services to tenants and the community. They are building 28 units of housing under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program to help them meet the need for seniors housing, and construction is set to begin in 2013.
For more than 20 years, the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) has been the voice of non-profit housing in Ontario. Our 770 member organizations operate more than 163,000 non‐profit housing units in over 220 communities in Ontario. They provide affordable homes to a diverse range of tenants, including: seniors; low‐income families with children; Aboriginal people; the working poor; victims of violence and abuse; people living with developmental disabilities, mental illness, addictions and HIV/AIDS; and the formerly homeless/hard‐to‐house.
About the ONPHA Awards:
The award winners were announced during ONPHA's 2012 Conference and Trade Show from November 16-18. Over 1,100 representatives from Ontario's affordable housing sector gathered together for this three-day event, featuring more than 85 workshop events and a trade show with more than 80 exhibitors.
Since 1997, many individuals and non-profits have been recognized for their contributions to the sector. There are many more that deserve to be recognized and rewarded for their dedication to, and support of, non-profit housing. Videos of each award recipient are available at www.onpha.on.ca/awards.
SOURCE: Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)
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